A Pipe Ceremony was held this morning, at the Sacred Fire site in Peguis First Nation, to bless the second shipment of the Moderna Vaccine. This new Moderna Vaccine shipment will be used for second doses for those members who received their first dose in January.
Moderna Vaccine Background Info
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is indicated for:
Active immunization against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals 18 years of age and older.
The use of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is permitted under an interim authorization delivered in accordance with section 5 of the COVID-19 Interim order (IO)*. Patients should be advised of the nature of the authorization. The interim authorization is associated with Terms and Conditions that need to be met by the Market Authorization Holder to ascertain the continued quality, safety and efficacy of the product. For further information on authorization under this pathway, please refer to Health Canada’s IO Respecting the Importation, Sale and Advertising of Drugs for Use in Relation to COVID-19.
What is Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine used for?
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine used to prevent the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It can be given to adults aged 18 years and older.
How does Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine work?
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 infection. Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine uses a molecule called messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) to deliver the set of instructions that cells in the body can use to make antibodies to help fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
The vaccine is given by injection with a needle in the upper arm and will require two doses given one month apart.
As with any vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may not fully protect all those who receive it. Even after you have had both doses of the vaccine, continue to follow the recommendations of local public health officials to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Individuals may not be optimally protected until after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. You cannot get COVID-19 from this vaccine.
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine will be given to you as two 0.5 mL injections. Each injection will be given on a separate visit 1 month apart. It is very important that you return for the second injection, or the vaccine may not work as well.
Who is eligible?
Peguis Public Health is currently administering vaccines for the following demographics:
1) Personal Care Home residents and staff
2) Member aged 70+
When the next shipment of Moderna to Peguis First Nation is confirmed, Peguis Public Health will notify community members who will be eligible for this shipment.